Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. The holidays are quickly approaching. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will talk about diet and nutrition during the holiday season with Dr. Kimball Rivari, endocrinologist with Willis-Knighton Health System; Shelley Redmond, registered dietitian and author of the Skinny Louisiana cookbooks; and Megan Mabery Filer, registered dietitian and certified yoga instructor. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. Recovery after COVID-19 can mean needing rehab for cardiac, pulmonary, neurological or cognitive conditions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Eaton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine; Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Assistant Dean of Development for School of Allied Health Professions, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy; and Dr. Tim Gilmore, Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiopulmonary Science, Program Director.

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Airs Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. November is COPD awareness month. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Kermit Poling, will be joined by Dr. Bob Walter, Chief of Pulmonology and Critical Care at LSU Health Shreveport to talk about COPD and other lung health issues. Also joining in the conversation will be Courtney Rayburn, Tobacco Treatment Specialist with Willis-Knighton Health System. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

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Airs Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. Recovery after COVID-19 can mean needing rehab for cardiac, pulmonary, neurological or cognitive conditions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Eaton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine; Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Assistant Dean of Development for School of Allied Health Professions, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy; and Dr. Tim Gilmore, Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiopulmonary Science, Program Director. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. Students are going back to school, whether in person or online. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Host Shelley Visconte will address issues affecting children and parents, as the schoolyear starts, with guests Michelle Yetman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU Health Shreveport; Stephanie Curry, Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Instructor of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Shreveport, and Adam Blancher, PhD, Counseling Psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. Schools have reopened, and some students are attending in person, while others have chosen to study online. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by Dr. T.L. Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Public Schools, Clay Corley, Superintendent of Desoto Parish Schools, Dr. Martha Whyte, Medical Director for the Region 7 Office of Public Health, and Trish Farnsworth-Smith, Operations Director for the LSUS Pandemic Action Team. We will talk about safety measures that are in place to protect students and faculty during the pandemic. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, August 6, 2020
Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Sanford Katz, will be joined by Andrew Yurochko, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Carroll Feist Chair of Viral Oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. John Vanchiere, Chief of LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases. We'll talk about testing and treatment for COVID-19 and about a vaccine trial happening right here locally. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, July 30, 202, at 6 p.m.

You know you've made it when you get parodied on Saturday Night Live … by none other than Brad Pitt. And you really know you’ve made it when Pitt breaks character to thank you for your service. That was an honor recently bestowed upon Anthony Fauci, America's bespectacled top infectious disease physician, who’s achieved rock star levels of fame in recent weeks. Usually, though, public health officials have much lower profiles. They’re behind-the-scenes thinkers and doers, who help keep their communities healthy with initiatives like traffic safety, vaccinations, and fluoridated water. In the best of times, we don’t even know they’re there — but during disease outbreaks, their work kicks into high gear. So how did this field get its start? And what can we learn from past crises, starting with the yellow fever outbreak of 1793, through the AIDS epidemic, into the present? In this episode, we hear stories about the origins of public health; how the 1918 flu pandemic shaped the modern bathroom; and how schools and public health became a power couple.

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Airs Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. How do we help our children cope during the pandemic? Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Host Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Chelsey Vincent, Licensed Professional Counselor Jessica Oliver, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Michelle Kohler to talk about how to help children adapt, how to answer questions without scaring or oversharing, homeschooling and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502. to talk about how to help children adapt, how to answer questions without scaring or oversharing, homeschooling and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502. 

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